Something special happened in the 4th race at Belmont Park May 29. Brian's Time, who was whisked off to Japan for stallion duty after earning $1 million on the racetrack for James and Jody Phillips of Darby Dan Farm in the late 1980s, came through with a 2-year-old winner. His daughter Schedule scored at five furlongs in :58.96 for Richard Santulli and George Prussin's Jayeff B Stables in her first start. The homebred filly's victory, at odds of nearly 6-1, came by 3 1/2 lengths for trainer Alan Goldberg.
Brian's Time, by Roberto, began his stud career at Dr. Koichiro Hayata's Hayata Farm on the island of Hokkaido, and it didn't take him long to excel. He quickly developed into one of Japan's best stallions, quietly ranking below the master himself, Sunday Silence.
Jayeff B, through the efforts of Lexington bloodstock consultant Reynolds Bell Jr., bought the filly in utero, privately purchasing the Danzig mare Jode in Japan in 2000. Once purchased, Jode was sent to England, where she foaled Schedule the following year, with the intention of breeding her to Sheikh Mohammed's champion Dubai Millennium at the owner's Dalham Hall Stud. Unfortunately, Dubai Millennium died that spring of 2001 and instead Jode was bred to another of Dalham Hall's stallions, Machiavellian. Once in foal, Jode was sent to the U.S. and produced a filly in 2002. Jode, who is kept at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., foaled a Seeking the Gold filly this year and has been bred to Lemon Drop Kid.
Schedule, the seventh named foal from Jode, is a half-sister to Irish mile classic-winning filly Hula Angel.
Brian's Time was moved to Arrrow Stud in Japan last year.